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Roses Are Red. An Elegant Real Wedding At Dissington Hall – Sam & Rob

September 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon it’s off to Northumberland, to join Sam and Rob for their glorious big day at Dissington Hall.  Sam’s Real Wedding was simple and elegant, with romantic red roses popping up on every corner.  Bloomin’ beautiful. 

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Sam says:  We first got engaged on 6th July 2012 in Edinburgh where Rob had moved to a month earlier. I got a beautiful diamond solitaire ring but it was too big so had to be resized. I was proposed to again on 13th July with a lovely meal and bottle of bubbly. Then a few months later, we were sitting in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh and Rob proposed again! So we got engaged three times!

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Our wedding date was Saturday 27th July 2013.  We got married at St Michael and All Angels church in Newburn then had our reception at Dissington Hall.  We chose the church as it was where my mum and dad got married. We chose Dissington Hall because it’s such a beautiful building and the staff were absolutely fantastic. We couldn’t fault the service we got at Dissington.

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We wanted a simple, elegant wedding and chose a colour scheme of ivory and deep red.

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I wore a stunning lace, fish tail dress. It was the complete opposite to what I thought I would want but as soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one for me. It was from Berketex Bride in Newcastle and was designed by Sasha Perez.

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My sister and Rob’s sister were my bridesmaids and wore simple 1950’s style dresses. They were a deep red colour, had cowl backs and were beautiful. They were from the Dessy collection and were bought from Rosina Brown Bridal Boutique in Hexham. Rob, both dads, our best man and groomsmen wore grey morning suits from Moss Bros.

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A good friend of mine, Bonnie Shaw is a Soprano so sang whilst we were signing the register. It was beautiful and so many of the guests commented on how fantastic she was. We had a DJ for the disco and it was a company called After Eight Music.

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I loved saying my vows. I managed not to cry all the way through but did get a little choked. Saying my vows was the most important part of the day and the part I enjoyed the most. There were so many other special moments… my dad’s speech, Rob’s speech and simply watching everyone having a great time. That meant the world.

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I had a posy of Grand Prix red roses and my bridesmaids had smaller posy of ivory Avalanche roses. They were all bound with ivory ribbon and held with diamanté pins. As an extra to mine, my something ‘borrowed’ and ‘blue’ was a blue ring that my dad gave to my mum for her 21st. It was too big for me to wear so our florist Margaret from Foxtail Lily Flowers tied it to the stems of my bouquet. It was a lovely touch.

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We had one wedding car to take Mum and the bridesmaids and then Dad and I to church. It was a silver Jaguar S Type from Rickerby Chauffeurs in Newcastle. James, who owns the business, was our chauffeur and he was amazing.  We had a red, vintage double decker bus to take the guests, wedding party and Rob and I to the reception!

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We haven’t had a honeymoon yet as I moved up to Edinburgh three days after the wedding! We’re saving up and hoping to go to New York in the Spring.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to not forget the reason you’re having a wedding day. It’s very easy to get swept up in the organisation and hype and lose sight of the real reason you’re having a wedding day. There will always be things that don’t go quite according to plan but as long as everyone is happy, that’s the main thing.

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Congratulations Sam & Rob!

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All About Us. A Bespoke Gown For A Real Wedding At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire – Hayley & Damian

August 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jonny Back Photography

I adore everything about today’s wedding.  The venue, which I happen to know rather well (The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition reprises at The Bowdon Rooms on Sunday 3rd November – have YOU pre-registered yet?), the relaxed ethos, the bespoke gown, the blue velvet bridesmaids, and most of all, the spirit of the bride herself. 

I’ve never met Hayley, but I have a feeling that I’d like her a lot.  Take it away my dear…

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Owl Always Love You! Berry Red & A Feathered Friend For A Real Winter Wedding At Swinton Park – Rachael & Neil

May 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I normally like to get keep the weddings I feature relatively seasonal.  You know, falling leaves in the Autumn, bright skies in Spring time and all that.  But honestly, Rachael and Neil’s gorgeous winter wedding with it’s deep berry reds (and a feathered friend – the wedding blog seems awash with them this week!) was too good to save until the darker nights roll in.  And who knows if we even have seasons anymore anyway!

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If you are looking ahead to a Christmas celebration, get ready to get excited!  With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Richard Wynn Davies and featuring the work of some of my favourite Yorkshire suppliers, let’s get stuck in!

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Rachael says:  Neil asked my to marry him on the August Bank holiday 2011, at Golden Acre Park in North Leeds, and we were married on 27th December 2012 at Swinton Park, Masham, North Yorkshire.  We both fell in love with the venue after it was recommended by a work colleague who’d been to a wedding there before. 

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We had a winter red theme but we also had an owl fly our rings down the aisle so to tie in with this we had the Harry Potter classical music and Harry Potter table names along with chocolate owl wedding favours.

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Both Neil and I drove up to the venue to get ready in the morning, we got married at the venue so didn’t need to travel at all during the day which was perfect for our winter wedding!

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I loved getting ready with my mum and bridesmaids, although we ended up a little rushed!

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I chose a gorgeous dress from Amelia Elliott bridal shop on Horsforth Town Street, Leeds. The ladies running the shop, Vanessa & Caroline, had designed the dress and made the whole experience so enjoyable from start to finish.

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My bridesmaids wore full length chiffon dresses by Impression in claret. We got the dresses from Confetti & Lace in Leeds.  Our groomsmen wore charcoal suits hired from Yorkshire Menswear with ivory and claret cravats.

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David Fields was my hair dresser and did an excellent job! He was a genuinely lovely man and made the entire process of getting ready really enjoyable! He even chipped in and poured the champagne for us.

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I had a bouquet of red roses with frosted berries and dark leaves by Sasha at Rose & Co Flowers, Yorkshire who provided all of our flowers and chairs covers and did an excellent job with the decorations!

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My bridesmaids had ivory & red bouquets with roses and orchids amongst other flowers and frosted berries and the chair covers along the aisle were decorated with frosted pine cones.

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We used the Swinton Park Birds Of Prey Centre to arrange for an owl to fly our wedding rings down the aisle to the best man! This was a lovely touch and lightened the mood at the ceremony.

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We had an amazing chocolate wedding cake from Patisserie Viennoise covered in Belgian milk, white and dark chocolate.  The cake was chocolate from top to bottom!

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We had a Ceilidh for our evening entertainment – Cobblers Wax. They provided great entertainment and got everybody up dancing.  We also had a magician at our drinks reception, Anthony Heaton, who our guests thought was excellent.

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The entire day went exactly to plan thanks to the amazing staff at Swinton Park. If we had to choose one special moment we both loved letting off Chinese lanterns outside after the ceilidh.

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After the wedding we went to Dubai for new year followed by a week in Sri Lanka touring the sites and a week relaxing in the Maldives.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to plan things well in advance to avoid last minute stress and don’t worry about anything on the day, just enjoy every minute of it!

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Congratulations Rachael & Neil!

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Patent Red: A Real Wedding In The North West – Lucy & Nick

April 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well, when I saw today’s bride Lucy’s choice of shoes (patent red Jimmy Choo Mary Janes people!) I just knew that the rest of her wedding to Nick at Combermere Abbey in Cheshire was bound to be very fabulous indeed. 

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Lucy says:  We got engaged in Cornwall during a weekend away. Nick proposed on top of a cliff overlooking the sea one evening at sunset. We then went back to the cottage where we were staying and celebrated with champagne he had waiting.

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We were married on 8th September 2012 at Combermere Abbey, Cheshire.  Combermere has beautiful walled gardens and a stunning glasshouse for the ceremony which opens out on to a fruit maze. The reception was held in a lovely permanent marquee they have in another part of the walled gardens. Nowhere else we looked around compared to Combermere. The gardens are fabulous and we were lucky as the weather was perfect on the day which added to the relaxed atmosphere.

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We didn’t have a theme. I like simplicity so nothing too fussy or wedding(y)!  We chose a colour scheme of black and white with a splash of red for colour – again to keep things classic and clean.

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Nick held a pre-ceremony drinks reception for guests so that they could relax with a drink and enjoy the gardens at the venue prior to the ceremony.

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I wore a Maggie Sottero gown from a boutique in Chester. I picked it as it was different to anything else I had seen before and the fit was perfect.  My shoes were from Jimmy Choo. I originally went in to buy from their bridal collection but after seeing these striking red shoes I knew they were the ones for me. I also wore them a lot when we went for dinner on our honeymoon.

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A bouquet of red roses which were so beautiful I didn’t want to put them down.

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My bridesmaids wore dresses from Coast. I don’t like traditional bridesmaids dresses so I picked dresses that I thought were smart but also really suited the girls.

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Yana from Yana Photography took our wedding photos. Yana photographed my sisters wedding a few years ago at Wrenbury Hall so knew how beautiful her photos are.

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For favours each person had a scratch card and a bar of organic chocolate. We had a few winners – but only small amounts!

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We had a harpist for the ceremony and drinks reception and a DJ for the evening. We also hired a fun casino for the evening which went down really well with the guests. Everybody had fun on the black jack and roulette tables and champagne spot prizes were handed out to the winners.

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Our cake was a three tier chocolate, fruit and sponge from Marks and Spencer. My grandparents bought our cake for us as a wedding gift.

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Every single minute was wonderful but the speeches and seeing our guests having fun on the casino was great.

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After the wedding we spent a week on Barbados soaking up the sun followed by a week in Cornwall where Nick had proposed.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to put together a detailed running order for the day a few months prior to the wedding so that you can identify where there might be any lulls and you can fill these gaps with entertainment – this will also ensure your day flows really well. For example to avoid a lull after dinner our casino kicked started the evening for guests and got everyone out of their seats and talking.

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Congratulations Lucy and Nick!

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Red Is For Romance: A Real Wedding In The North West – Nicola & Tim

March 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s right into the Real Weddings this week as I share Nicola and Tim’s romantic big day at the gorgeous Hilltop Country House in Prestbury, Cheshire, sent to me by Lee Brown Photography

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Lee says: This is a lovely summer wedding that I shot in July. Nicola and Tim gathered with their family and friends at the stunning Hilltop Country House nestled within the picturesque Prestbury countryside.

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I spent the morning with Nicola and her family and friends shooting all their details and the busy goings on of a bride in preparation, before Tim arrived with his groomsmen. I followed them as they familiarized themselves with the house, the bar and finally found their button holes. We then had a wander around the garden and had a bit of fun at Nicolas request and at Tim’s expense.

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Their service was scheduled to be outside on the patio, however British weather being rather unpredictable, it was moved into the stunning dining room of the country house for a lovely intimate ceremony. Funnily enough, as soon as the service began, the sunlight started streaming through the windows and lit the room beautifully.

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Their service was a joy, intimate and full of love. The dining room of the main house, with standing room only, was packed with teary eyed family and friends and we got some amazing shots. The couple stood facing huge windows letting loads of light into the room illuminating everyone beautifully.

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Once the registry was signed, everyone moved out on to the patio to shower the couple with rose petals before enjoying their drinks reception.

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Whilst everyone was enjoying their drinks and a bit of sunshine I took some time to shoot all the details of their wedding breakfast. We also shot a few formals while the sun was out and began a few stunning bridal portraits just before the weather turned.

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After dinner it was time for speeches and anyone who knows me knows that I love speeches, so I was in my element capturing the nerves, laughter, tears and all round loveliness.  We then took a step back and simply watched all the goings on of the evening, small moments between relatives, old friends and new ones.  I also took this chance to steal Nicola and Tim away again for a few more portraits before the rain intervened once again.

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This led us right up to another of my favourite moments, the first dance. Hilltop Country House has a fantastic little Boogie Room which is pitch black before the music starts and then lights up pretty spectacularly shrouding the couple in perfect light.  We finished off a fantastic day with a few more sunset portraits before I left the couple to party the night away with their family and friends.  Many Thanks to Nicola and Tim for inviting me to shoot their day, I had a wonderful time!

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Congratulations Nicola & Tim!

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Lancashire’s Red Rose – A Styled Bridal Inspiration Shoot

December 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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We’re heading West this afternoon on the wedding blog with a red rose inspired bridal inspiration shoot.  It seems that the famous North West rains held off long enough for this gorgeous set of images submitted by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Lee Brown Photography.

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Sitting here in my  now go-to blogging outfit of three pairs of socks, tartan pjs and a hoody with icicles dripping from my nose, those heady days of the October heat wave seem long ago!  I’ll console myself by starting next week’s advent calendar chocolates early…

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Lee explains how the shoot came together: The shoot was a collaboration with some new bridal vendors to create some stunning images for promotional use and as a bit of a pet project for us all. The shoot took place at the beginning of October which was a bit of a gamble weather wise when I first set the date, however as you can remember the mini heat wave arrived just in time and the weather was beautiful.

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The shoot was at The Old Hall Country House in the village of Madeley near Crewe. This is a fantastic venue owned by Gary and Simon White that specializes in intimate weddings and has also appeared in and won Four In a Bed on Channel 4.  Model Shelly Tickle absolutely rocked the lovely wedding dress which was supplied by my good friend Janet from Cheadle Bride and the stunning red rose bouquet was supplied by Laura from Grestys Florists.

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The venue is gorgeous, I’ve shot there previously and have several bookings for this year (New Years Eve!) and next. There are so many areas to experiment with and the shoot gave me that chance to try some new things that you don’t always have time to do on a wedding day.

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Are you incorporating red roses into your big day?  Click through to see the rest of the shoot, which shows off the gorgeous gardens of this North West wedding venue. 

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